Meet Our Senior Leadership

Our leaders are team builders, motivators, coaches and visionaries. We depend on them to guide us in achieving our vision.

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Anthony Karakatsanis, P.Eng., B.E.Sc., ICD.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer – Board of Directors

Anthony has been part of the Morrison Hershfield family for over 3 decades, joining in 1989 as a Project Manager. He has held numerous leadership positions in both our vertical and horizontal practice groups before being appointed President and Chief Executive Officer. Anthony is a graduate of Western University with a Bachelor of Engineering Science. He has contributed to numerous industry organizations and committees, including the Canadian Construction Documents Committee and the Consulting Engineers Ontario Business Risk Committee, and is Past Chair of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of Canada.  As President & CEO of Morrison Hershfield, Anthony is responsible for ensuring that Morrison Hershfield is continually providing innovative and valued solutions for our clients and the communities we serve. As he leads the firm toward its long-term mission of being the first call for engineering solutions that make a difference, Anthony continues to safeguard our unique culture and Core Values & Principles, providing the stewardship for Morrison Hershfield to remain a sustainable, employee-owned, leading North American engineering firm for many years to come.

Catherine Karakatsanis

Catherine Karakatsanis, P.Eng., M.E.Sc., FEC, FCAE, ICD.D

Chief Operating Officer – Board of Directors

Catherine has had a progressive career at Morrison Hershfield, moving successfully through a series of engineering and senior management positions before becoming COO. As COO, she is responsible for domestic and international operations providing business leadership and engaging staff to leverage their collective strengths. Catherine has consistently been recognized for her professional, business and community contributions including receiving Canada’s highest engineering distinction for exceptional individual achievement – the prestigious ‘Gold Medal Award’ from Engineers Canada. She was inducted as a Fellow into the Canadian Academy of Engineering, awarded the ‘Gold Medal’, the ‘Engineering Medal of Management’ and the rank of ‘Companion’ by Professional Engineers Ontario. Catherine was inducted into ‘Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame’; and was awarded Ontario Women’s Directorate – ‘Leading Women Building Communities Award’, among others. She currently sits on the Morrison Hershfield’s Board of Directors; the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC); and the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). Catherine is a graduate of Western University.

Kevin Chouinard, P.Eng. M.Sc.

Senior Vice President, Building Specialty Services – Board of Directors

Kevin joined Morrison Hershfield in 1989 as a project Engineer in our Buildings Group. Today, he oversees our consulting practice focused on Building Specialty Services, including building science and energy modeling, building envelope consulting and façade engineering, code and life safety, security consulting and sustainability. Kevin has over 27 years of professional experience in building design and construction practice, building review and assessment, building science and structural engineering.  Kevin is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and Queen’s University.

Don McCallum

Don McCallum, P.Eng., M.A.Sc.

Senior Vice President, Environment 

Don leads Morrison Hershfield’s environmental consulting practice serving a wide range of clients in the infrastructure and natural resources sectors. With over 25 years of environmental consulting experience, Don is committed to helping clients reduce their environmental risk and capitalize on opportunities to address the most pressing local and global environmental challenges.  Don earned his BSc. In Chemical Engineering from Queens University, completed a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the University of BC, and is also a graduate of the ACEC Senior Executives Institute (Class 18).

Jon McCarthy, P.E., MBA

Senior Vice President, Integrated Engineering Design – Board of Directors

Jon joined Morrison Hershfield in 2005 as the Vice President of our U.S. practice. He is currently Senior VP of our IED business unit, working on telecommunications, mission critical facilities and the integrated engineering design of buildings in both the U.S. and Canada. Jon has almost 30 years of experience in the industry, and has undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees from the University of Missouri – Columbia and Jacksonville University, respectively.

Jim Weir, P.Eng.

Senior Vice President, Horizontal Infrastructure – Board of Directors

Jim joined the firm in 1997 as a transportation engineer, working on a large project for the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO). The great work completed on this project led to Morrison Hershfield becoming a trusted, and “go to” provider of Engineering Services to MTO that continues to this day. Jim has almost 30 years experience leading design teams on highly complex projects. As leader of our Horizontal Infrastructure business, Jim oversees the integration and coordination of project pursuits and project delivery across transit, infrastructure and transportation services. Jim is an active member with the Transportation Association of Canada Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa.

John Jenkins

Vice President, Information technology and Information Management

With over 20 years of enterprise technology management experience in the public and private sectors, John is adept at strategic planning, project management, solution architecture, and process mapping and improvement. As Vice President of IT & IM at Morrison Hershfield, he leads the firm’s digital transformation initiative, integrating digital and operational strategies by leveraging technology to benefit our clients and employees. John graduated from Dalhousie University with a Master of Information Management.

David Pavey, CPA, CA, HBA

Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President

David joined Morrison Hershfield in 2006. As Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, he is focused on the innovative and cost-effective delivery of corporate services that support the firm’s strategic objectives. He leads a team of experts who provide financial, IT&S and facilities management support services. David’s financial and general management experience spans professional services, retail, distribution, technology and education industry sectors. He is a graduate of The University of Western Ontario – Richard Ivey School of Business.

Rob Selby, Ph.D., P.Eng., P.E.

Senior Vice President, Community Infrastructure & Environment – Board of Directors

Robert joined Morrison Hershfield in 1994 as a Structural Engineer. Today, he is the firm’s Chief Technical & Risk Management Officer responsible for elevating the importance of technical leadership within the firm and mitigating the company-wide risks associated with our expanding practice. Rob oversees our Communities of Practice, our Quality Management System, Enterprise Risk Management program and Claims Management, and provides oversight and support for key projects. Robert holds multiple degrees from the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto.

Pelly Shafto

Vice President, Human Resources, Organizational Development and Safety

Pelly joined Morrison Hershfield in 2006. He has international experience in a variety of industries. His focus is on enhancing business performance through the creation and implementation of strategy, change management, integrated HR practice, talent development, and progressive organizational practices. Pelly is a graduate of the University of Toronto.

Scott Steiding

Scott R. Steiding

Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Sales

As the leader of Corporate Marketing and Sales, Scott manages market and client feedback mechanisms in Canada and the U.S. to ensure the smart growth goals of the organization are met. He leads our efforts to secure the best projects, from the best clients, so we can hire and retain the best people in Canada and the U.S.  Scott joined Morrison Hershfield as a Project Manager in our Calgary office in 2001.  Over the years, he has held a number of operational positions managing telecommunications and data center infrastructure projects.  Scott successfully led business development in our U.S. business during the challenging years of the great recession.  Prior to joining Morrison Hershfield, he worked as a telecommunications professional in four countries and is a graduate of Alma College.

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Chamonix Larsen, M.Arch., AIA, LEED AP, CxA+BE

Building Science Architect – Board of Directors

Chamonix is a Building Science Consultant with more than 15 years of industry experience. She joined MH in 2017 and is the Department Manager for our Salt Lake City Office. Her experience includes architectural design and consulting, technical analysis and writing, project manager, owner’s representative for energy efficiency, grant authorship, LEED certification, and building enclosure commissioning. Chamonix has provided leadership to the progression of high-performance buildings throughout her career.  She is the past-director for the State of Utah, Division of Facilities, High Performance Building Program.  She helped facilitate legislation for water conservation, operational strategies and policies to improve air quality and initial public private partnerships to increase renewable energy and energy efficiency in public buildings. Chamonix was recognized by Utah Business Magazine as “30 Women to Watch”, as one of “20 Under 40” by Engineering News Record, and is a past AIA Utah Associate Member of the Year.  Chamonix is also an adjunct professor at the University of Utah, College of Architecture and Planning, her alma mater.

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Nancy Longueira, P.Eng., M.A.Sc.

Vice President, Building Science East – Board of Directors

Nancy has been with Morrison Hershfield for over 25-years. As Vice President, Building Science East, her top priority is to provide operational leadership and oversight of our Building Science practice in Ontario and the southeastern U.S. Nancy has held a variety of operational and technical leadership roles in the firm, including a currently active seat on Morrison Hershfield’s Board of Directors. Nancy’s project focus has been on conducting field assessments and managing condition assessment projects for capital planning, due diligence and asset management projects for large and varied real estate portfolios in both the private and public sectors. Nancy leverages her unique leadership and technical skills in her role overseeing Morrison Hershfield’s nine technical networking groups or Communities of Practice.

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Robert Forbes, LL.B., LL.M.

Board Chair and External Director

Robert Forbes has rejoined the Board as of January 2018. He originally served on the Board from January 2009 to January 2015, acting as Chair from 2011 to 2015. Robert E. Forbes is a partner at Miller Thomson LLP in Toronto. His practice is focused on finance, securities regulation and mergers and acquisitions matters with particular reference to mergers and acquisitions in regulated industries and private equity transactions. He acts for Canadian banks, insurance companies, pension funds and other financial institutions in relation to their financing and acquisition activities, both international and domestic. He received his B.A. (Economics) and his LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario. He received his LL.M. from London School of Economics in England and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1977. Mr. Forbes is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and the co-author of a number of books including Canadian Business Organizations Law.

Robert Petersen

Robert Petersen, P.Eng.

External Director

Bob Petersen retired from TRC Corporation in 2013.  He was hired as the Senior Vice President in 2006 where he led the turnaround team with assignments to rationalize the troubled operations of the company.  He then functioned in a variety of Regional and National operations roles before eventually assuming leadership as COO reporting to the CEO and to the Board.  Prior to TRC he founded and was the sole proprietor of The North Shore Group which was a management consulting business focused on sales strategies and targeted Key Client Account programs.  Bob also spent 10 years at ENSR Corporation as President and CEO. Bob has Masters degrees in Chemical Engineering, Engineering Management and Executive Management.

Carole Workman, CPA – CA; ICD-D

External Director

Carole Workman is a Chartered Public Accountant with an ICD (Institute of Corporate Director) designation. She is a senior executive with extensive experience in executive management and leadership of large and complex organizations including Vice President, Finance and Administration for the University of Ottawa. She has served on a number of boards ranging from electricity to insurance to health care; she’s held board leadership positions serving as Board Chair and Chair of Audit and Governance committees.